Saudi Oil Pumping Stations Attacked by Houthi Drones

Minor damage reported at one facility, Saudi Energy Minister calls terrorism

Two oil pumping stations belonging to Saudi Aramco were attacked on Tuesday. The strikes were carried out by Yemen’s Houthis, using drones armed with explosives. The Houthis credited the attack’s success to help from people living in Saudi Arabia.

Of the two strikes, only one did “minor” damage to the pumping facility it hit. The pipeline in the area was reportedly shut down after the attack, though a fire was reported a few hours later on the pipeline.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih termed it a “cowardly attack” by “terrorist entities.” He claimed the incident proved the need for Saudi Arabia to confront such groups militarily.

Yet the Houthi strikes are clearly a response to the Saudi invasion of Yemen, which was on an entirely different pretext. The Saudi invasion has taken a lot longer than expected, and as a result the Houthis have begun developing retaliatory capabilities, in particular with the makeshift drones.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.